How to Pigtail Aluminum Wiring to Copper


A common type of electrical wiring in homes built between 1965 and 1972 is single strand aluminum. Single strand aluminum wiring is a fire hazard and an insurance issue. This type of wiring expands and contracts during normal use and the conductor (wire) can become brittle at the connection point.

Single strand aluminum wiring is a problem with an easy solution: pig tailing. This method of remediation is done by attaching a small piece of copper to the end of the aluminum wire.

In this video, we will show you how to pig tail the outlets in a home. No experience necessary and you will only need a few tools that every homeowner should have as part of their toolbox. If you are not comfortable, please consider hiring a qualified electrician.

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